Sunday, January 24, 2016

Museum: Hisart Living History and Diorama Museum

This Sunday me and my friends Onur and Emir visited a small private museum in Istanbul. This is the Hisart Museum. It is essentially the private collection of militaria, models and figurines of one of the major industrialists in Turkey who is also an avid hobbyist.

The museum is small but jam packed with stuff. This is the museum from which I have taken the most pictures. Lots of uniforms, militaria, and dioramas. A real treat. Organisation is better than the Army Museum in Istanbul,though labeling could do some work. Some of the exhibits are of questionable accuracy, but in general this is the work of an enthusiast and it shows. The Museum covers Ottoman History from the Seljuk period to the modern era, and also covers WW2. Its one of the few Museum's in Istanbul that cover the Balkan Wars. Because of the massive amount of pictures I will let them speak for themselves.

Awesome german propaganda painting presenting many of the leaders of the Central Powers.

Mustafa Kemal at Tripoli

Enver Pasha

Allegoric Propaganda piece from the 1st Balkan War. A Bulgarian and Greek soldier, force a Ottoman soldier to become christian in Thessaloniki

Goeben/Yavuz Selim model


The Rivals: Kemal Ataturk and Enver Pasha

Omnious. Anatolian Greeks in Izmir by the quay watch the entrance of Kemal Ataturk in worry

Really interesting. Pictures of what I think is Evzones from the Inter-war era


Miguel Trindade said...

Dear Mr. Travlos,

From what regiment is this soldier with the red hussar uniform?

Steve J. said...

Wow, what a museum and private too!!! So much more impressive than many 'State' museums. The dioramas are simply superb. Thanks for taking the time to post all of those pics:)

Konstantinos Travlos said...

Hello Miquel

That is one of the uniforms of the army created by Mahmud II after the Greek revolution. It was the army destroyed by Ibrahim Pasha in the first Ottoman-Egyptian War. Now what specific regiment I do not know. If you explore this website you might find what you are looking for

Oswald said...

Hi Konstantinos,
Great post - what a museum. Must have taken hours! I notice you have a painting of the Mesudiye included. I'm interested in any advice you have on the colours the Ottoman ships were painted at the time of the First Balkan War. I've read elsewhere that they were khaki - to blend in with the landscapes they operated near. Do you have any thoughts on that? Thanks again.